THE number of local women having regular breast screens in the Euroa electorate has barely risen in the last three years.
Figures released by BreastScreen Victoria show only 54 per cent of women in the Euroa electorate were screened in 2014-2016, which is only a one per cent improvement from the 2013-15 period.
“There are 4823 local women between 50-74 years who did not have a breast screen in the past two years,’’ Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the results were on par with the state average of 54 per cent but well below the 70 per cent target set by BreastScreen Victoria.
“Regular breast screens are an essential component of women’s wellbeing,” Ms Ryan said.
“A breast screen takes just 10 minutes to complete. We all get busy but it’s important that women, particularly those over the age of 50, take up BreastScreen Victoria’s free program.”
Ms Ryan said 75 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50 and the vast majority have no family history of the disease.
“Early detection gives women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery, which is why I am a strong supporter of the work undertaken by BreastScreen Victoria,’’ Ms Ryan said.
“Women in their 40s are also encouraged to talk to their doctor about whether breast screening should be a priority for them.
“A regular breast screen every two years is the best way to detect cancer early.”
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis. Early detection is crucial.
BreastScreen Victoria advise it is important for all women to know the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any breast changes it is important you visit your doctor as soon as possible and before making an appointment at BreastScreen Victoria.
For more information or to book an appointment call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au.